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Undocumented Migrants in Venezuela Have More Rights than US Citizens in the US

"Bye friend, return soon", says the sign at one of Venezuela's border points (archive)

While most first world and imperialist countries criminalise refugees and undocumented migrants, scapegoating them, promoting racism, and mistreating them, Venezuela welcomes all migrants, and provides them with the same rights as Venezuelan citizens.

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Where is Venezuela’s Political Violence Coming From? A Complete List of Fatalities from the Disturbances

A confrontation on 1 March between barricade militants and pólice in Mérida (el meridenazo)

About 40 people have died in connection with opposition protests, street barricades and unrest which have been occurring since early February in Venezuela. An examination of the fatalities suggests some of the following conclusions.

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Mercal Shooting Highlights Class Polarization, Psychologists Fear “Fractured Coexistence”

Venezuelans wait in line to buy food at Mercal. (Archive)

Over the weekend, a panel of psychologists convened to discuss the societal tension that has built up since violent protest broke out in Venezuela, in February. They determined that dialogue-friendly spaces and a feeling of general safety have been compromised dramatically. The fatal shooting of a woman waiting on line to buy food Saturday highlighted fiercely clashing responses through social media as each political sector interpreted the tragedy as proof of their own worst fears.

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Demonising the "Colectivos": Demonising the Grassroots

Chavista supporters in El Vigia (archive)

As it's prone to do, the private media has invented a new thing. In both English and Spanish they are calling it colectivos, and these collectives are meant to be irrational, cruel, grotesque armed motorbike riders who “enforce” the revolution and are responsible for most of the current violence. 

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Racism Sin Vergüenza in the Venezuelan Counter-Revolution

Racism in San Bernadino, it reads "Against the moneky, the blacks and the poor - PJ (Justice First Party)" (La Voz del

Racism is one of the main engines and expressions of the current counter-revolution. In Venezuela the revolutionary struggle to end white supremacy and for self-determination is slow, and complicated by white elites, backed by US imperialism, and by the denial of many that racism persists.

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Venezuelan Human Rights Experts Call for End to “Media Distortion” of Protests and State Response

Two demonstrators at a pro-government march “for peace” in Mérida recently. The banner reads “no more violence, we want p

A group of thirty six Venezuelan human rights activists offer their views on the guarantee of human rights in the current protests. Analysing the overall situation, they argue that there is a purposeful distortion of the situation by mass media and even some NGOs for political reasons.

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Amnesty International Opposes Venezuelans Defending Their Human Rights

A scene from San Cristobal, 7 March (AFP)

In a recent article Amnesty International accused the Venezuelan government of a “witch hunt” when opposition mayor, Daniel Ceballos was arrested. However, Amnesty has yet to use such strong language against the five weeks of human rights violations people in Venezuela have suffered at the hands of violent opposition sectors. The “witch hunt” term demonises the people’s right to bring such criminals to justice.

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Eight Ways Venezuela's Violent Opposition Is Hopelessly Hypocritical

A truck burnt by violent opposition sectors in Merida, 19 March (Tamara Pearson /Venezuelanalysis.com)

Of the many imaginative ways the opposition has proved itself hopelessly hypocritical, here are the top eight shameless contradictions. 

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Understanding the Facts on Violence and Human Rights in Venezuela's Unrest

Opposition marchers in Caracas on Wednesday 12 March argue with the National Guard (EDSAU OLIVARES / El Universal)

Venezuelanlysis.com publishes a concise study of the fatalities, wounded and damages caused in the last month of political violence. The findings suggest that the narrative used to explain the violence in most mainstream media outlets is either uninformed or deliberately misleading.

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Merida, Venezuela: Testimonies of the Barricades

Rubbish scattered in front of a barricade outside Santa Anita, Merida (Tamara Pearson / Venezuelanalysis.com)

The following are testimonies told to Venezuelanalysis.com by people in Merida city.  They provide first hand accounts of the nature of the barricades and violence and the impact such actions are having on people.

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Coups, Media and Stalemates: What Violent Protests Mean for Venezuela

Venezuelanalysis.com’s staff writers offer their concise insights on three different angles of the violent protests that have

Venezuelanalysis.com’s staff writers offer their concise insights on three different angles of the violent protests that have been occurring in the country: the opposition’s strategy, how the media have reacted, and the implications of the protests for the Bolivarian Revolution.

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The Pros and Cons of Venezuela's Currency Controls

Venezuelan currency policy has seen both successes and failures over the last decade (Ryan Mallett-Outtrim/Venezuelanalysis)

Venezuela's currency controls including its fixed exchange rate are among the most controversial of Chavez-era policies. Here is a brief, straight-forward run down of some of the pros and cons of the country's currency regime.

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Latest Human Rights Watch Report: 30 Lies about Venezuela

Jose Vivanco, HRW Americas division head (archive)

In its annual report HRW manages to tell at least 30 lies about Venezuela, in just six pages.

 

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Where is Venezuela’s Economy Headed?

95% of Venezuela’s foreign export earnings in Venezuela come from oil sales (archive)

What did President Nicolas Maduro’s announcements during Wednesday’s state of the nation address tell us about the Venezuelan government’s economic agenda for 2014?

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The Economist Gets Economical with the Truth on Venezuela's Municipal Elections

Voters in Merida during the 8 December municipal elections (Ryan Mallett-Outtrim/Venezuelanalysis)

A good writer can say a lot with a few words, and indeed the latest article by The Economist on Venezuela's recent municipal elections manages to say plenty about the value of facts at the neoliberal ideologue's favourite rag.

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